The Gunners continue their race for a top-four spot on the south coast
Arsenal visit Brighton on Boxing Day as they remain in the hunt for a top four finish in the 2018/19 Premier League.
The Gunners recovered from a dip in form to beat Burnley 3-1 on Saturday after consecutive defeats to Southampton and Tottenham ended their 22-match unbeaten streak.
Their opponents welcome the Gunners on the back of three straight defeats and would love to finally give their fans something to cheer during the festive period.
A repeat of their last home clash with the Gunners would be much appreciated – goals from Lewis Dunk and Glenn Murray secured a 2-1 home victory over Arsenal in March.
What the managers are saying
Chris Hughton (Brighton): “You look at pivotal moments in any season – one was getting our first win at the Amex, then our first away win and then our first win against a top-six team.
“We’d found it difficult – we played Manchester City on the first day of the season and that was a very tough game, and Chelsea was a difficult game as well.
“The Arsenal win was a fairly significant moment for us and one that we deserved.”
Unai Emery (Arsenal): “Brighton is the same, a very tough match physically, very organised and, like with Burnley, a very good coach who is working very well.
“It is a challenge and I respect those teams a lot because they also have good players. They decide to do a line-up with physical players with a lot of crosses for the strikers for heading in our box.
“We need to defend very far in our box to defend better against that.”
Brighton: Ryan, Montoya, Duffy, Balogun, Bernardo, March, Stephens, Propper, Locadia, Gross, Murray
Subs: Saltor, Bong, Kayal, Bissouma, Andone, Knockaert, Button
Arsenal: Leno, Lichtsteiner, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Guendouzi, Ozil, Lacazette, Aubameyang
Subs: Cech, Elneny, Ramsey, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Nketiah, Willock